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Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: "Heavy" Hearts

Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: "Heavy" Hearts
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: "Heavy" Hearts
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: "Heavy" Hearts
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: "Heavy" Hearts
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: "Heavy" Hearts
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: "Heavy" Hearts
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: "Heavy" Hearts
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: "Heavy" Hearts
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Looking for a Valentine's Day activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering and/or math? This STEM challenge is for you!

The "M" in this STEM challenge should be an extra-large capital letter, because it is definitely the focus in this 2-D challenge!

The basic premise:
Individually or in partners/small groups, students will design the “heaviest” heart possible.
– Using a criteria/constraints list, students create small hearts of various colors & sizes. Point values are assigned to each color group based on its size. Students arrange various configurations of their smaller hearts inside a large, outer heart in order to create the “heaviest” possible heart. (“Heaviest” is in quotation marks because we are not measuring weight; rather, we are assigning point values to inner hearts.)

This challenge can be run simply (focusing on shape creation & manipulation, measurement, addition, and symmetry), or you can add complexity (focusing on length/width ratios, multiplying & dividing decimals, percent contribution, etc.). Two criteria/constraints lists are provided to highlight either end of the spectrum along with editable versions.

*** CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO PREVIEW ***


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This is one of five Valentine’s Day STEM Challenges. They can be purchased in a bundle at a 40% discount:

Valentine’s Day 5-in-1 STEM Challenge Bundle (2nd – 8th)

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!

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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:
- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- High levels of student engagement
- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)
- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Depending on the complexity you select for the Criteria & Constraints list, each design iteration should be planned for at least 60 - 90 min. If you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly. I recommend working on STEM Design Challenges in multiple iterations to get the full value.
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Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

– Colored construction or printer paper (3 – 6 sheets)
• Recommended one sheet each of red, pink, and purple per partner/group
– Colored pencils or crayons
– Scissors
– Rulers
– Heart outline copies
– Design analysis handouts
– Optional
• Folders, Ziploc bags, or large envelopes to contain cutouts if using on multiple days.
• Glue (if you want students to glue their final design in place)
• Calculators (for younger students and/or those with special needs)

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NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Premise & Set-up
- Materials and timing
- Modifying Criteria & Constraints to adjust challenge difficulty
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list & links
- A video walk-through of this challenge will be posted

Student Handouts
- Outer “Heavy” Heart outline
- Two versions of the Criteria and Constraints list in color and black & white (+ editable versions provided)
- Measure & Record Data directions and recording sheet
- Design Analysis (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included)
- Discussion Questions

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Task card templates and samples (editable)

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Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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